Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Another day has passed. No good or bad news here. It was just an ordinary day except that our neighbors were busy talking about the food to prepare on New Year’s Eve and the “Lucky Charms” or what we called in our own language as “PALIHI” that they are going to prepare before New Year’s comes.
Filipinos today, including me, followed the tradition of the Chinese people that before New Year’s comes, you must have 13 kinds of fruits on your table. Some are 12 kinds of fruits. It is believed that having 12 or 13 kinds of fruits will give you good health, prosperity for the coming year, a good job, good business etc. It is also believed that pineapple is good on the table because it has lots of circles on the skin and it looks like eyes and it said that the eyes of this fruit has the ability to see good fortune, good opportunities in business or work.
Another tradition is to wear dotted clothes and coins in your pocket and shake it while you welcome in the New Year. I don’t know where it came from, this belief. All I know is that, I do it every year…lol Dotted clothes symbolizes money they said. Other Filipinos , they welcome the New Year in a very simple way, like getting the tin cooking pot cover and a stick to make a noise and while shouting Happy New Year to everybody.
Well, whatever lucky charms you might make, the bottom line is, in life, if you will not work hard to reach whatever goals you have, you will not achieve it if you will just sleep and lay to your bed for your whole life.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Yesterday, we went to my cousin’s place because I was bored here in our house and I also missed my very cute nephew and niece. While we were there, we watched a Thailand movie but there’s an English translation written below the screen so you can just read the lines or dialog of the characters. It was a true-to-life story of a gay boxer. He became popular in their place for being a gay boxer. He won many fights. His father was his trainer and never knew that his son was gay. Only his mother knows who really he is. The scenes were made funny when he was trying to act like a girl in front of the mirror when he was alone inside his room.
He hid his secret to the people but some of his friends noticed already that he is not really a man. One day, while he and his mother were in the room, they made fun, the mother puts on him some make up and very red lipstick. The father was not there in the house and they didn’t expect that the father will get home early. To their surprise, the father was there already standing at the door and was of course, shocked when he saw his son wearing make-up and with a ribbon to his head as a headdress. The father didn’t get mad but instead, he asked his son if he likes to wear make-up. The son answered “yes”. Then the father left the room after telling his son that he can wear make up and lipstick even in the ring. The mother and son cannot believed of what they heard from the father.
Everyday he continued practicing his boxing technique and style. When he had fights again, this time, he was not scared anymore to go up in the ring with make-up. The people laughed at him when they saw that he was wearing make up especially when he was introduced and he danced or acted like a girl. He stopped dancing and he was looking to the people and thinking that the people didn’t accept him as a gay boxer but his father told him not to listen to the people because they just put him down if he loses this fight. The father told him to concentrate to his fight and put it inside his heart. He won that fight again and many more fights followed. He was sent to Japan for another fight but there in Japan , he was interviewed that if he has lots of money, will he change his male sex organ into a female sex organ. His answer is yes if there’s money left for him because he’s going to give the money to his parents if he will win this fight. Well, maybe he is just a good son, he won the fight again. He went home, gave the money to his parents then he asked permission to his parents if he can stop fighting now because he cant be happy and live the rest of his life with his body right now. So, the parents understand that he wants a transplant now. The father signed the papers for his transplant and the operation was a successful one. Right now, She is a popular model and actress in Bankok , Thailand .
There’s a lesson to this movie “Don’t judge the book by it’s cover”.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I was on my computer when the computer table started shaking. I thought my niece was playing under the computer table because she was here with me. There were people outside singing on their karaoke. Maybe when they noticed also that the ground was shaking they stopped and I heard a female voice on the microphone asking if there’s an earthquake, then silence followed. The shakes became stronger and stronger. I stood up and walked slowly and then I opened all the doors because I was thinking if the earthquake will become stronger then we will be stuck inside the house. Doors must be opened if there’s an earthquake because you can’t open them once they are deformed by an earthquake. It was 11:30 in the morning when the unexpected earthquake hit here and it lasts only a few seconds.
The epicenter of this earthquake is in General Santos City, the place of our champion boxer Manny Pacquiao. It reached to 6.1 intensity, stronger than here in Davao . I was just glad that the earthquake was not as strong as the earthquake in 1990 here in the Philippines when many people died. That was July 16, 1990 that a killer earthquake extensively devastated the City of Baguio . As reported, the powerful temblor measured 7.7 in the open-ended Richter scale and lasted for 45 seconds. It was said to be the most destructive earthquake on record within the Cordillera Region. There were numerous aftershocks that followed and the strongest, which occured at 3:15 a.m. of July 18, lasted for eight seconds ... and measured 5.3 on the Richer scale. Many commercial and government buildings, hotels, inns, and residences were heavily damaged. It was estimated that as many as 1,000 people were trapped and killed in damaged buildings.
Pictures above was the killer earthquake in 1990.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
It was 8:00 o’clock already in the morning and I was still laying here on my bed. I didn’t want to get up because the weather is cold outside and it was nice to stay in bed and wrap my body with the blanket. I don’t need to get up early because it’s already vacation time from school. While I was inside my blanket, I heard drums and a guitar playing. It sounds like somebody dancing our “ati’atihan” or our native dance here. I asked my son what was that sounds outside, he said, it was the mountain people, they were dancing and singing in front of the houses here, big or small as a way of caroling. My son said, they asked for used clothes in exchange for their native dance. As soon as I heard this, I got up and went outside. I was happy and I enjoyed watching them while they were dancing and playing their own musical instruments It was too late when I remembered my camera but still, I ran back to my room to get my camera and when I tried to turn it on, the batteries were not working and I don’t have extra batteries here. I feel so bad because I can’t take a picture of them. I went back outside again and I just continued watching them until they were all finished dancing in the whole area.
My sons and the other kids here were so happy to see that because the native people will only go down from the mountains every Christmas just to ask simple things from the people as a Christmas gift for them. They just ask used clothes, a pair of slippers, foods, blanket, towel, can goods but not money. We called them as “LUMAD”. Mayor Rody Duterte, our good mayor here in Davao , gives them a place to stay while they were here in the city and they are not a few people, but many. They are hundreds of them including the babies. The mayor also gives them food, slippers and clothes etc. so that when they go up to the mountain again, they will be happy.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Have you ever watched a child begging for a certain toy that the parent does not wish to buy? Or a child who wants to run and play outside their house but the parent wants them to stay in the house? But most often, the parent gives in. The parent changes “no” to “yes”.
I think I am one of those parents who always gave in. At first, I was tough to say “no” but later I will give in because my son will not stop asking me until I say “yes”. I don’t believe that good parenting means bending to the will of their children in most things. When he was 3 to 5 years old, it was hard for me to say “no” to him because he cannot understand or accepts any explanations. He will just cry, cry, cry until the sun sets. My youngest is now 7 years old and sometimes, he is still in the stage that if he wants something, don’t say “no”. But today, maybe because he’s not a little kid anymore, I can explain to him a little why I say “no,” but then you can still see the reaction on his face that he’s not happy with you for not allowing him to play or not buying the toy that he wanted. So, what I do is talk to him and we’re going to have an agreement like if he will show me good grades in all his subjects, he can play or I will buy a toy for him. He has 7 subjects in school, I don’t know if my kid is like the other kids. When I say good grades in ALL his subjects, he will ask back if 4 subjects are okay. See, he really doesn’t want to hear from me a “yes” followed by “but”. He wants to end “yes” with a period. I know pampering children, giving them all they want, may cause them to grow up to be “thankless”, spoiled, willful, and unappreciative adults. So, to be a parent, it is not a simple task. Let me know your thoughts on the subject...
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Seven-hectare resort to rise in Samal
DAVAO City - The Bangayan Group of Companies is building a nine-hectare resort-residential complex on Samal Island that is expected to drive tourism activities in Davao region.
Under construction is the Holiday Oceanview Resort & Spa, which includes a 120-room hotel, a 400-room condominium complex, a marina, and a subdivision. The whole project is expected to be completed by 2009.
Brokers of the P300-million complex, however, are already selling the residential component of the project and participated in the Davao Travel Show at the SM City.
Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, who attended the travel show and inspected the different tourism projects in Davao over the weekend, said the rise of Davao as a major tourist destination is encouraging the development of hotels and resorts.
Davao is being promoted as an achor destination of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Growth Area.
Nearly 600,000 foreign and domestic tourists went to Davao region in the first nine months of 2007. Davao region groups the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Island of Samal and Davao City.
Art Boncato Jr., director of sales and marketing of Marco Polo hotel in Davao, confirmed that both foreign and local tourists have been flocking to Mindanao in recent years.
He said occupancy rate at Marco Polo reached a record high of more than 70 percent in 2007, and signs are looking better this year.
Despite the new projects rising in Davao, Boncato said Marco Polo will remain the most luxurious accommodation facilities in the city.
The growth of tourism in Davao city has also triggered investments and projects in other areas of Davao such as Tagum.
Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy said tourism has been inducing economic growth in his city. Tagum is being promoted as the festival city of Mindanao.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Do you know the meaning every line of the songs 12 days of Christmas? Here’s what I read from the book of Christians.
Some Christians assign symbolism to the gifts in the song. One of the most common versions of these assigned meanings is:
* The 'partridge in a pear tree' means there is only one God and is also symbolic of Jesus (see Luke 13:34).
* The 'two turtle doves' are the Old and New Testaments.
* The 'three French hens' are the three Persons of the holy Trinity or the three virtues: faith, hope, and love, though according to Ace Collins' book "Stories of the Best Loved Christmas Songs", they represent the expensive gifts of the Wise Men: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
* The 'four calling birds' are the Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; or their Gospels. Which makes sense because they are “calling” out the story?
* 'Five gold rings' are the first five books of the Bible, or the Pentateuch.
* 'Six geese a-laying' refer to the six days of the Creation.
* 'Seven swans a-swimming' are the seven sacraments and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
* 'Eight maids a-milking' are the eight Beatitudes.
* 'Nine ladies dancing' are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
* 'Ten lords a-leaping' are the Ten Commandments.
* 'Eleven pipers piping' are the eleven faithful Apostles.
* 'Twelve drummers drumming' are the twelve doctrines in the Apostles' Creed .
The twelve days of Christmas actually begin, not 12 days before Christmas (which is Advent), but on Christmas day. The twelve days run from December 25th to January 5th which is twelfth night; the last night of the Christmas season. January 6th is the beginning of Epiphany, the time before Easter. Advent is the time looking forward to the birth of Christ while Epiphany is the revelation of Christ to the world. The word "epiphany" means "to show, make known or reveal."
Thursday, December 18, 2008
7 days more to go and it’s Christmas. I wonder about the other people all over the world, how they celebrate their Christmas. Is there really a perfect Christmas? When can you say that your Christmas is perfect?
Here in the Philippines , schools from primary and secondary level and some colleges, they have a Christmas party before the Christmas vacation. Companies, big or small, public or private, they also have Christmas partys before the Christmas vacation. After the party, the students will go home with gifts from their exchange-gifts while the employees, especially who are working in a big company, will go home with gifts from their exchange-gifts also plus their bonuses from the company for their hard work during the year.
How about the people leaving on the street, I am sure that they don’t have a Christmas party, but maybe they have yummy foods to share on Christmas eve or maybe, Christmas for them is just like an ordinary day. If somebody will give them a house to live in, maybe they can tell that there is really Christmas and not an ordinary Christmas but a perfect Christmas. For me, Christmas will be perfect if we are all complete. Me, my Roger and my 2 sons eating together at the table on Christmas eve.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I went to the market this afternoon ( Dec. 14, 2008 ) and there was a woman who was just standing beside the wet market and she was holding some leaflets. I saw her giving the leaflets to the people. It was just a piece of folded paper. When I was in front of her, she gave me the small paper but I didn’t read it until I got home. I cooked and then we ate. I was already sitting outside at our house when I remembered the leaflet. I went back inside and I read the leaflet. The content of the leaflet is this.
Four Steps to Solving Problems
1. Set a time to discuss the issue.
For everything there is an appointed time,…a time to keep quiet and a time to speak. Some problems may evoke strong emotions. If that happens, have the self-control to call a temporary halt - - to “keep quiet” - - before tempers flare.
2. Express your opinion honestly and respectfully
Be honest and specific about your feelings when talking to your mate. Remember, your goal when discussing a problem is, not to win a battle or conquer an enemy, but simply to let your mate know your thoughts. To do so effectively, state what you think the problem is, then say when it arises, and then explain how it makes you feel.
3. Listen to and acknowledge your mate’s feelings.
Few things cause more unhappiness in a marriage than the impression that your partner does not understand how you feel about a problem. So be determined not to give your mate such an impression! Allow your spouse the dignity of expressing his or her opinion without interruption. Then, to ensure that you understood what was said, rephrase what you heard and repeat it to your mate, doing so without sarcasm or aggression. Permit your mate to correct you if you misunderstood something that was said. Do not do all the talking. Take turn in this style of conversation until you both agree that you understand each other’s thoughts and feelings on the matter.
4. Agree on a solution.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their hard work. Few problems in a marriage can be solved unless both partners work together and support each other. It is not about who is right and who is wrong. Sometimes there are just different opinions on how to solve a problem but the key to success is to be flexible and reasonable.
I post it here because I just want to share with you about this message from the church.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
And to all my friends there at The World of Filipinas, thank you so much for helping me and my honey. Good luck to all of us here.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Manny Pacquiao is once again, the champion of the Filipino people. After the fight and other engagement activities in Manila , the boxing champion Manny Pacquiao went back to his hometown in General Santos City. His friends, families and all the people there were waiting for his arrival. There was a motorcade again for him. The grand victory party was held inside the gym and all the people from different provinces were all invited whether they are rich or poor, young or old.
Our olds here said that it is hard for Pacquiao to lose the game because of his name. They said that sometimes, the destiny of a person, bad or good, depends on his name. Every name, they said has a meaning. The meaning of Manny Pacquiao’s name is…Manny as “money” same sounds right. Pacquiao, in Tagalog and Visayan word, it's “pak-yaw” which means “take all”. So, the complete meaning of his name is “Take all the money” I don’t know if it is true but it happens now. He takes all the money from the ring.
One thing is good if Manny has a fight, people in the Philippines unite in a couple of hours. Even the notorious people, they forgot to do bad things because they don’t want to miss the fight. The roads are quite because even the public utility jeepney drivers, taxi drivers, they stop for a few hours just to watch Manny Pacquiao’s fight. I just wish that even if it is not the game or fight of Pacquiao, people unite.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I am currently a member of WOF. I met new friends there. We were talking about funny things, foods, culture, about their new life in a foreign country with their foreign husbands and many more. Sometimes, they were talking about blogs but since I don’t understand it, perhaps its best not to join their topic. One friend told me to join bloggin’ because according to her, it is fun and I can also make money. I asked how. She explained to me a little, just the basic. I was not interested when she told me that I will just write anything to my blog. Oh! Geezz…write? I asked. Oh, no way, I am not a writer I said. Just give me a microphone and I will sing all day and all night for you. Lol.
When they were talking about their income on blogging, I was a little interested. Although the income that they have mentioned were not as big as you’re working on a regular full time job. But at least, it helps them a little to have their own money for shopping. And at the same time, they enjoyed what they were doing on the internet. Again, another friend invited me to join blogging. This time, it was a detailed explanation. I listened and I asked few questions to her. After the explanations, it sounds to me so easy to join. I was thinking of my honey. I want him to do it first. So, I told him everything and I am glad that he’s interested too. He made his first blog. I cant believe it at first when he told me that he has a blog already. I thought It will take days before you can finish your blog but when I saw his blog, oh, I told myself that I can do that also with the help of course of my honey and friends.
The next day, I was sitting here at my computer, thinking what to write to my blog. I remembered my friend in WOF, she told me that I can write anything like what I did the other day or what I might to do on the next day. So, that’s it, I have now an idea on what to write. I wrote my very first post “My coffee and cream”.
Wait for the second part of this post…..
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Didith Reyes as her screen named died at 59. She died while sleeping in her room. Doctors found out that she died of cardiac arrest. Didith was pretty and sexy when she was young. You can tell that she’s so very lucky to have a great voice, beautiful face and a sexy body. I remember she was criticized by the people for wearing a very sexy top so that her breasts were almost showing. People at that time were conservative a little. It was like wearing pajamas at the beach was normal. However, Didith was not affected with their comments about wearing such sexy dresses. Her career continued blowing up on the air. Until one day, maybe not contented of what she had and what she was getting from the show business world, she went into “drugs”. She became an alcoholic and addicted to it. She forgot that she had a career to maintain. And when she got older, her name was never heard anymore. It was already in early 2000 that somebody saw her in a small videoke bar. She was old already; you can not see anymore the beautiful Didith Reyes before. Some friends of hers helped her to come back in the show business but of course, she’s old already and cannot compete anymore with the young singers of today. Her life after she shined was a miserable one. Wherever she is now, may her soul rest in piece.
“If GOD gave you a great gift, don’t waste it.”
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
When i wake up in the morning, the first thing on my mind is my coffee mug. It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it fills your empty stomach after the long night without food. For me, my coffee and cream in the morning is a good start for me to do better in the house. It's like, morning is not complete if i can't drink and smell the aroma of my coffee. Some people don't like coffee. My Canadian sister in law does not like coffee but she enjoyed watching me sipping my coffee. My husband and I love coffee so much.
During, school days, I wake up around 5:30 in the morning to prepare my son's food and stuff for school. After sending my youngest to the school, I will make my coffee again and this time with my favorite bread here called "Pandesal". It is a small bread with a very good taste especially if it is still hot. You can put any filling on it if you want some extra flavor or just eat it without anything inside and still very yummy. The coffee and cream with the hot pandesal is my complete breakfast everyday. You read that, as in everyday! I know other people have a very good breakfast like cold cereal with fruit and low-fat milk, whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, whole-grain waffles, or even last night's pizza! But for me, this simple breakfast will give me a very good start for my daily activities and I am pretty sure that i will miss this bread if I am not here in the Philippines.